Message of condolence following the death of Mr. Tristan Voorspuy
The Board, management and staff of the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) wish to send a heartfelt message of condolence to the family, friends and the entire conservation fraternity following the sudden and unfortunate death of Mr. Tristan Voorspuy who was shot dead on Sunday in Laikipia.
Until his death Mr. Voorspuy was a long standing friend and member of EAWLS personally and through Sosian Lodge and Offbeat Safaris Limited as corporate members since 1995. The conservation sector has lost a devoted player whose contribution to East Africa and Laikipia in particular will me greatly missed.
EAWLS has expressed concerns over the ongoing illegal invasion of private wildlife conservancies, ranches and sanctuaries in Laikipia County by herders. The society believes that the issue at hand is not only drought as politics could also be at play. The society therefore urges the government to provide efficient and elaborate security apparatus to stem these and to bring to book those responsible for this sad state of affairs.
Laikipia ecosystem has second highest concentration of wildlife in the country and more endangered wildlife species than anywhere else in Kenya. This is an area of great conservation value whose fate is largely in the hands of its residents and their peaceful co-existence. Such acts of lawlessness and lack of respect for private property must be dealt with according to the laws of the country to ensure success stories in conservation are not sabotaged.